Oyster season is now open! The popularity of oyster collecting has increased in recent years. This is not only true in Zeeland but also in other areas of the country. For example, in Groningen or on the Wadden Island. Which is the best location to find them? What is permissible and what isn’t?
People are becoming more aware of where their food comes form. We prefer local, fresh, and organic. What could be more satisfying than picking up your own food at the beach? Enjoy a glass champagne while you eat your oysters at home.
It is best to wear rainboots and gloves when collecting oysters. A basket is not enough to collect the oysters. Experienced oysters carry a screwdriver as well. Wild oysters tend to grow against each other and against rocks. If you prefer to open the oysters and eat them right away, your oyster knife is a must. It is impossible to smell good oysters. It is best to discard oysters that have strong sulfur smells. The oysters should not be kept for longer than one day.
If the month has an ‘r’, the oyster season runs from April to April. The Netherlands has many oyster picking locations, from Zeeland in the province to the Wadden Islands on the coast. There are many rules when picking oysters in Holland.
• You can take up to 10 kilos per person at a time (for your own use only, so you can’t sell the oysters later).
• You may not stir, shovel or scrape the bottom.
• You are not allowed to step on the mud, not even to walk to the oyster beds.
• You may not damage plants or weed while collecting.
• If a stretch of beach has been cordoned off (because it has been rented out, for example), you are of course not allowed to collect oysters.
Low tide is the best time to pick oysters. Before you head out, make sure to check the tides. Google Earth makes it easy to identify oyster beds along the beaches as the dark spots’.
It’s often simple to locate where oysters can be legally collected via the websites and/or organizations of local nature. The wild-picking guide is a good example. Search engine for holiday homes HoliduThere are eight locations in the Netherlands that are well-known, and also less-known, that are great for collecting oysters.
Zeeland, one of the Dutch provinces, has a long coastline with many beaches on both the Oosterschelde and the North Sea. This province is home to a large number of shellfish, fish, and crustaceans. There are many good spots on the Oosterschelde where oysters can be picked, such as the Oesterdam. This dam is located in the Oosterschelde and runs between Tholen & Zuid-Beveland. The Oesterdam is well-known for its ability to collect oysters and provide excellent diving opportunities.
Yerseke, Zeeland, is known as the ‘oyster capital.’ It should therefore be included in this list. Yerseke used to be a fishing village. This is not surprising considering it is located on the Oosterschelde just like the Oesterdam. You will find many oyster beds along the shore where wild picking can be done.
Wilhelminadorp, another area in Zeeland famous for collecting oysters, is also a good option. Wilhelminadorp, which is situated in Goes, has approximately 745 residents. You can find oysters in this village because it is situated on the Goes Canal that runs into the Oosterschelde. You can pick oysters immediately by walking down the Westhavendijk and Oosthavendijk. A lot of oysters can be found at Katseveer’s beach. You can also find them on the menu…